2. The university presently offers courses in these fields. Equipment is not available, however to give more adequate instruction. (Note: The Evening College seems to have been were these classes were first taught.)
3. The 650 computer will permit offering of courses in the principles and programming for digital computers for students in mathematics and science as well as in business administration.
4. With proper laboratory facilities the University can help to overcome the present shortage of trained personnel interested in the computing field. (Note: I browsed through the Cincinnati Archives and there were a high demand for persons with computer related skills)
5. There are no less than fifteen departments … which would be greatly aided by adequate computing facilities. Some departments sorely need such equipment, since computing time must presently be purchased elsewhere in order to carry forward research work. One or two of our faculty have made trips as far as the University of Minnesota to beg or buy computing time on computers available there. (Note: Even Paul Herget would go to GE, CG&E, and Proctor and Gamble to use their facilities.)
6. A number of members of the University faculty and staff have had extensive experience with computing equipment. (Note: only Paul Herget and Eugene Rabe were mentioned in this memo.)
7. The annual operating cost would amount to about $42,000.00.
8. A $20,000.00 grant has been received from the National Science Foundation toward the first year’s costs. In addition, several Cincinnati business firms have either pledged or indicated financial support of $14,000 per annum. (Note: $8000 additional money was need for the first year and for the next two years it rose to $28000)
9. UC planned on covering future costs through contract work both internal and external (see later memo).
10. The estimated annual cost -- UC receive a 40% reduction in rental charge of $56, 496.00
Business Machine Corp. to lend him a machine for the Observatory (that would have been the IBM 602 mentioned earlier). IBM Corp. obliged. Then a symposium was held — attended by experts in celestial mechanics from all over the world. Industrialists came, and so did students. Great interest was aroused, and plans were set afoot for the installation of the Computer on the campus.
A Cincinnati Enquirer article dated Jan 20, 1956 -- Math Club Sets '56 Series; Computing Symposium at UC. This was conducted by IBM under the sponsorship of the UC Math Club. The keynote was given by Dr. Alton Householder (mentioned in Herget's 1973 interview with Henry Tropp) from the Oakridge National Lab and was held in the former Wilson Auditorium. The speakers were: Paul Herget (UC), Jack Hughes (who at the time was at GE, but he left later in that year and went to P&G where he was responsible for getting their first computer), Hoke Green (UC), Walter Ott (CG&E), and George Nardin (Armco Steel and a former UC prof).
A Cincinnati Enquirer article dated May 3, 1959 -- Conference at UC Plans Space Maps. This conference went from May 17-25 and was attended by some of the biggest names in astronomy at that time from around the world. The list of the American astronomers were listed and included Harold Alden, Dorrit Hoffleit, W. J. Luyten, William W. Morgan, Stanislaus Vasilevskis, Dirk Brouwer, Gerald Clemence, and others.
I believe that the author of this memo (unknown) merged the two conferences together and it may have been because that person didn't know the actual institutional history and was going on a hearsay understanding.
7. Now, local industry not only subsidizes the Computer but also makes ready use of it, paying for the privilege. Eventually it is hoped that the Computer will become self-supporting, as more and more use is made of it. (The intention was all along to earn money from internal (grant-related work) and external customers.)
8. There is a photograph showing Paul Herget standing with David Levinson (dress shirt and tie). Levinson is described as being the Supervisor of the UC Computing Laboratory; however, I have not been able to find any information about him.
9. There is another photograph’s caption reads “Here Don Fair of (Robert A.) Taft Sanitary Engineering Center sits at computer’s console, working on project for his company.” (Donald H. Fair co-authored a couple of papers: “Relation of Benzene Soluble Organic Matter to Suspended Participate Matter in the Atmosphere” and “Analysis of Seasonal Variations in Air Pollutant Levels”)
2. The equipment is being moved this week (to the Physics Building) and will be in operation on October 20, 1958. These quarters will be completely adequate for the operation of the computer in that proper air conditioning facilities will be available … . (I remember taking some summer courses in one of the rooms in that wing of the Physics Building because of the AC.)
3. A supervisor of the laboratory has been employed. He will make all scheduling arrangements and will assist those persons authorized to use the laboratory.
4. The equipment in addition to the IBM 650 Electronic Computer:
2. Location – Room 314, Physics-Math Bldg.; Tel. Ext. 320
3. Qualification as Operators
4. Training – A number of opportunities to prepare for used of the computer are now available. Several colleges of the University have instituted courses in Numerical Analysis and Data Processing. At least one non-credit IBM Familiarization Course is sponsored each semester by the Computing Center.
5. Priorities for Use – The University is committed to use the computing machine about 20 hours per week for educational purpose and training in computation. Priorities for the use of available machine time will be based exclusively upon the relative merits of the proposals as research, experiments, or training which are appropriate as a function of the University.
7. Administration and Organization –
8. List of Requirements for Qualifying to Operate the 650-IBM Computer
Some additional contributions that were hand-written on this page:
|The Physics Building Annex -- the IBM 650 was housed on the first floor (1960 yearbook)|
|Eventually the Marchant Calculators were replaced with the small calculators of today which have more computing power than the IBM 650 seen below|
|IBM 650 -- 1960 Cincinnatian Yearbook|
|IBM 650 -- 1959 Cincinnatian Yearbook|